Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

sanguinaria

play
noun san·gui·nar·ia \ˌsaŋ-gwə-ˈner-ē-ə\

Definition of sanguinaria

  1. 1 :  bloodroot

  2. 2 :  the rhizome and roots of a bloodroot or an extract of these having expectorant, emetic, and antimicrobial properties



Origin and Etymology of sanguinaria

New Latin, from Latin, an herb that stanches blood, from feminine of sanguinarius sanguinary


First Known Use: 1808


Medical Dictionary

sanguinaria

play
noun san·gui·nar·ia \ˌsaŋ-gwə-ˈner-ē-ə, -ˈnar-\

Medical Definition of sanguinaria

  1. :  the rhizome and roots of the bloodroot formerly used as an expectorant and emetic




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sanguinaria? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a very small amount

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

acommodate accommodate accomodate acommadate
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ